Big Splash is the Vancouver region’s second largest water park with water slides in Delta near the Tsawwassen Mills outlet mall and BC Ferries’ ferry terminal.
Other similar places in the Lower Mainland include Bridal Falls Waterpark (which is about the same size or maybe slightly smaller), and Cultus Lake Waterpark (which is huge). Granville Island also has a tiny waterpark that’s free.
NOTE: As of the second week of September, 2020, the waterpark is closed until the summer of 2021.
Big Splash Water Slides
Formerly known as Splashdown, Big Splash Water Slides is a water park that was renovated back in 2017. The park features a variety of slides, hot tubs and even a kids’ area for little folk to enjoy.
The place can be found at 4775 Nulelum Way in Tsawwassen. It’s located about a 5-minute drive from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and about 35 minutes from the centre of downtown Vancouver (when traffic is good).
Park policies used to prohibit outside food and beverages, but we see that in 2020 families are allowed to bring one cooler of food and drinks (which is great)! Pets though are understandably not permitted. Big Splash also reserves the right to take photos and video, without the written permission of park guests, and use them for promotional purposes (so be sure to wear your fanciest swimsuit)!
Admission and Hours
As of the summer of 2020 general admission to the park applies to anyone over the age of 3 and costs $30. Taxes are extra. Children ages 3 and under are free with a paying adult. For folk arriving in the late afternoon Big Splash offers discounted admission.
Twilight admission (in the last 3 hours of the day) costs about $20 plus tax. An annual pass for a family of four costs $350.
Big Splash Water Park usually opens up when it gets hot in Vancouver, so usually in late June. The opening date for 2020, however, was pushed back due to the spread of the coronavirus. The opening date for this year was July 1st.
During the summer the park is usually open from 10:30 am until 7:00 pm with 4:00 to 7:00 pm considered ‘Twilight Hours’ for discounted admission. 2020 is slightly different, however, because of COVID-19. This year the attraction is open daily from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm and twilight admission runs from 3:00 until 6:00 pm.
The Water Slides at Big Splash
Big Splash Water Park features a variety of attractions for people of all ages. There are slides, a pool, hot tubs and even a Kids’ Zone for younger guests.
Tube Slides are slides that must be ridden using an inflatable tube (which are provided at the park). Big Splash has two of these kinds of slides – the Boomerango and Eddy’s Eagle Run. The Boomerango was new for 2018 and was at the time the only slide of its kind in Western Canada.
The park also has several Body Slides that can be ridden without a tube. They are colour-coded according to level of difficulty, with a yellow slide being intermediate level and blue being advanced.
Yellow slides include the Double Trouble, Loop the Loop, and Solar Splash. Blue slides include the Splash Blaster, Kamikaze, Twist and Shout, and Cliff Hanger.
For younger folk Big Splash has the Kids’ Zone. This area includes a Junior Splash slide which is essentially just a collection of four small slopes and a Splash Pad.
Table and Cabana Rentals
For folk wanting a guaranteed area to sit and enjoy the day, Big Splash offers reservable picnic and patio tables. The patio tables include four chairs and a beach umbrella to be used during your stay. Table rentals for the day cost about $18 on weekdays and $20 on weekends. Taxes are extra.
Cabanas are also available to rent for the day. While a little pricey, they do include several options that make them a good value. Included in the rental price of a basic cabana is the use of a tent with privacy screening for the day, plus chairs and a table.
In past years two towels to take home and bottled water have also been included with cabana rentals. This may or may not be the case in 2020. In the summer of 2020 cabanas cost about $75 on weekdays and $100 on weekends. Exact details, however, are subject to change.
Parking at Big Splash is not free. The park charges about $5 for all-day parking plus taxes and fees. According to the venue’s website, parking taxes are apparently 24%.
For folk wanting to rent a keyed locker there is also an extra charge for that. Keyed lockers cost $5 per day plus a $10 deposit (which you get back at the end of the day, assuming that you don’t lose your key). Taxes are extra.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions and extra bits of information to help you make the most out of your visit to the waterslides.
TIP #1: On a hot sunny summer day take lots of sunscreen and get there early before the crowds (while the lineups are short and picnic tables are still available to claim).
TIP #2: Don’t go on a cold day (or if you do then wear something really warm). On the bright side, there won’t be crowds (except for in the hot tub), so that will be good. It can get cool out in that part of the land, however, and breezy.
TIP #3: The water park is not far from the BC Ferries‘ ferry terminal in Tsawwassen, so something to keep in mind if you want to do something on your way while traveling to or from Victoria on Vancouver Island (if it’s hot and you have kids who love water slides, including old ones).
For more details about the attraction visit the Big Splash Water Park website.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver Waterparks and Water Slides
- Summer Activities in Vancouver
- Tsawwassen Mills Outlet Mall
- Cultus Lake Water Slides
- Bridal Falls Waterpark
- Vancouver Activities for Children
- Lower Mainland Outdoor Swimming Pools